Popular College Professor Is Murdered – Police Believe Jealous Boyfriend Killed Her

A community in Charlotte, N.C. are in mourning after assistant professor of gerontology and psychology, Jeannine Shante Skinner, 35, was found dead. 

Authorities have confirmed that a man has been arrested in the apparent domestic violence death of the popular college lecturer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Keith Trietley said in a news release Tuesday that 45-year-old Donny Lewis Franklin has been arrested and charged with Jeannine’s murder. 

Sources close to the professor who taught at the University of North Carolina, say Donny was jealous of the success of his partner.

Popular College Professor Is Murdered - Police Believe Jealous Boyfriend Killed Her
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Police were asked to do a welfare check on Skinner late Friday morning and found her dead in her apartment.

Police say she suffered “obvious trauma.” Authorities had been searching for Franklin since Friday and at one point considered him to be armed, dangerous, and possibly suicidal.

They have not yet revealed how he was captured, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Popular College Professor Is Murdered - Police Believe Jealous Boyfriend Killed Her
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“Just the thoughts of what could have happened to her in those moments, it’s just saddening,” Skinner’s neighbor Kathy Shivers told CBS affiliate WBTV. “It happens anywhere to anybody, nobody’s exempt.”

Colleagues told the station Skinner primarily taught undergraduate students, but also mentored graduate students at the college. 

Popular College Professor Is Murdered - Police Believe Jealous Boyfriend Killed Her
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In a statement released Saturday, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois said Skinner joined the faculty two years ago and was a well-regarded and dedicated teacher.

“She was an active and caring scholar whose research focused on physical, psychological, social, and environmental predictors of cognitive aging, particularly in minority geriatric populations,” the statement said.

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